Las Palmas de Gran Canaria starts its transformation towards a Smart City with the project “LPA Inteligencia Azul”, which was selected as beneficiary of the ” II Smart Cities Call for Proposals ” and aims to contribute to the “blue” growth of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Within this improvement plan there are a total of 19 projects, some of which are already underway, such as the blue zone parking guidance.
One of these projects is the smart parking project, which has successfully passed the pilot phase and is now starting its general deployment. The aim of this project is to inform drivers of available spaces in regulated parking areas. This avoids traffic congestion caused by cars circling in search of a free space.
In this initiative of the City Council of Las Palmas and Sagulpa, more than 3,000 blue zone parking spaces are sensorized with U-Spot single space detection sensors. These sensors detect and capture data in real time to transmit it to the user. The system allows users to be guided to the most available zones to greatly reduce parking search time.
How does the system work?
The driver goes to a free space guided by the information displayed on the variable signage panels or on the LPAPark APP. When he parks his vehicle, the U-Spot sensor detects his presence and sends the information to the platform.
The platform collects the data and sends the updated information to the panels and APPs, which in this case will indicate one less available seat.
When the vehicle is removed, the U-Spot sensor no longer detects its presence, so it sends the information back to the system indicating that the space is once again unoccupied.
From the U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as configure, supervise and consult all the system information.
Benefits for both the city and the citizen
The new parking space detection system brings benefits to both the city and the citizen. For users, it means real-time information 24 hours a day on the availability of parking spaces in the area. This can be consulted through the panels or with their mobile device from the LPAPark APP. In addition, it drastically reduces the time spent by the driver to park, as he is directed directly to the areas with availability.
For the city it means a significant reduction in pollution and CO2 emissions by reducing unnecessary traffic of vehicles looking for parking, making it a more efficient city.
Reducing traffic increases the attractiveness of the city and citizens enjoy cleaner air and less chaos. It also stimulates local commerce, since citizens are more inclined to travel to the center knowing that they will find free parking spaces.
In October last year, the most digitized commercial space in Spain, La Torre Outlet, was inaugurated in Zaragoza. The site has opted for technology and this is reflected in digital intelligence systems to keep track of visitor flows, Wi-Fi connection throughout the complex, as well as three interactive digital information points.
Customers who come to this space receive information from the stores in real time to plan the route they want to follow. In addition, there is a large curved digital screen where sporting events and musical performances are broadcast live.
Another aspect that stands out in the digitalization of the commercial space is the smart parking that facilitates and streamlines parking for customers, showing at all times where to find parking spaces that are free. This solution that Urbiotica has implemented in collaboration with Telefónica reduces traffic and congestion in and around the parking lot by transmitting instant information about the availability of parking spaces in each sector.
What is the solution?
The new parking guidance solution equips the shopping complex with autonomous wireless sensors that detect the passage of vehicles, useful information that is transmitted for the management and control of parking areas. The system provided by Urbiotica has a total of 55 U-Flow sensors that are distributed in 7 zones of the parking lot, with the related communication infrastructure. Sensors with two-way counting have been installed in several lanes to increase the reliability of the system. In addition, there is an eighth zone in which information can be managed manually.
In addition to the sensors, 9 dynamic information panels have also been installed to indicate to users the availability of parking spaces in the different areas of the parking lot, one of which is powered by a solar energy panel. Of these nine panels, the largest has 7 different display modules.
In addition, Urbiotica has provided static panels that will signpost users to the location of the different parking areas in the commercial space.
La Torre Outlet also has access to U-Admin where all activity in the parking areas can be configured and reviewed. Managers can track the evolution of vehicle flows and zone occupancy at all times. Precise knowledge of the use of the different zones by customers provides information on hourly attendance or preferred zones, among other data of interest to the complex. All this provides an advanced behavioral analysis that allows the implementation of action plans.
The smart parking solution implemented at La Torre drastically reduces the time it takes visitors to find a parking space. They come without stress and have a better shopping experience and disposition, which favors sales, as well as second visits and recommendations. The technological solutions incorporated convey the image of an innovative company. This, together with a good user experience, improves customer perception and brand positioning.
How does the system work?
The U-Flow sensor is used when parking areas are well delimited with clear entrances and exits. The system calculates the total availability of parking spaces with respect to the total capacity that has been previously configured, in order to transmit it to the users through information panels.
The driver goes to a parking area and accesses it through a well-defined entrance. The U-Flow sensor installed at the entrance detects the passage of the vehicle and sends the information to the platform through the communication network.
The platform collects the data and based on the total capacity of the parking lot, recalculates the free spaces based on this new access and sends the updated data to the information panels and/or Apps linked to the new availability. In this case it will indicate one free space less.
When the vehicle exits the area, and passes over the U-Flow sensor installed in the exit lane, the process is carried out in reverse. The system transmits the updated data indicating one more free space to the total available in the parking area.
From the U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as configure, monitor and consult all system activity.
The city of Opole, located in southern Poland with a population of almost 130,000, had traffic problems in the downtown area. There were few parking spaces available and this shortage had an impact on parking time.
Opole used to have huge traffic congestion daily, as is the case in most cities. This situation has been solved and residents enjoy more efficient parking areas thanks to the fact that it has become a Smart City.
We are deploying a big project involving the installation of 3.162 sensors. The installation of these sensors is part of the ITS Opole (Intelligent Transportation System) project. This project aims to optimize mobility throughout the city with various improvement modules. The parking area is intended to make it easier for drivers to find a parking space by indicating the number of parking spots available at any given time, thus limiting the number of kilometers driven to park.
The sensor infrastructure will provide a basis for improving mobility in the city, its installation will improve the management of reserved parking areas, such as loading and unloading bays, avoiding trucks or delivery vans parked in double lines obstructing traffic.
Another alternative is to optimize the management of regulated parking areas for people with reduced mobility (PRM), which are essential for these users since they are adapted to facilitate entry and exit of the vehicle.
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The sensor chosen for this project was U-Spot DUO, a single space detection sensor that combines magnetic and infrared detection with 98% accuracy and up to 10 years of useful life.
Our parking detection system remains in first position in terms of smart parking technologies installed in Poland thanks to this big project deployed by SPRINT and Zir Systemy.
We have established as leaders in Poland, which relies on the effectiveness of our systems to improve traffic flow and achieve a more efficient and pleasant city for its citizens. We facilitate the search for parking spaces and improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.
Thanks to the installation of the U-Spot DUO sensors, citizens will be able to reduce parking time as they are guided directly to free parking spaces. Traffic is reduced by up to 30% by avoiding cars looking for parking spaces, which means a proportional reduction in the pollution generated.
Regulated parking areas are essential services to ensure vehicle turnover in busy urban areas. Time limited parking systems are a way to free up spaces for drivers who need to go to busy areas of towns and cities to visit shops and other businesses.
Traditional parking control methods -blue zones- aim to make more street parking spaces available by charging fees and, sometimes, by allowing drivers to park for a limited time only.
These regulated parking areas are usually installed in the vicinity of service areas like shops, hospitals and schools to make life easier for users who need to find parking spaces so they can do what they
need to do.
The most common times when parking is restricted in this regulated parking areas are from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 8 pm, but they sometimes apply on Saturdays, and even Sundays and public holidays. It is up to each local authority to establish specific regulations for each area, and even different fees within the same town, depending on the demand for parking spaces in each area.
This stops cars from parking up for long periods, freeing spaces for other drivers to park, do what they need to do, and then vacate them for the next user.
How does regulated parking areas work?
In some towns, drivers have cards that prove that they are “Persons with Reduced Mobility”, and electric vehicles have zero-emissions certificates that allow them to park free of charge. All other vehicles must pay a fee.
Traditionally, when parking in a blue zone, the driver must pay for a certain time in cash or with a card using the parking meter and display the ticket dispensed by the machine in the car. The proof of payment must be visible inside the vehicle so it can be checked by parking attendants doing their rounds.
There are now several apps available that drivers can use to pay to park, which makes the process more convenient. With these apps, if you realise you are going to take longer than expected, you can extend your ticket time and there is no need to run back to the parking meter.
Nevertheless, this is cumbersome way of controlling parking spaces, because the attendants follow set routes and have to check vehicles individually in search of infringements. This is time-consuming and some irregularities get through the net.
One system that makes the parking attendant’s job easier is a vehicle with an integrated number plate recognition system, however these vehicles still follow set routes, and there is still a risk that rule breakers will get away with not paying, because the success of the detection system depends on the detector passing by when a vehicle is parked incorrectly. The system also adds to traffic congestion.
What is really needed is a system that will detect infringements and alert attendants for more efficient control and to make better use of attendants’ time.
Installing sensors in controlled parking areas makes it possible to detect vehicles whose drivers are breaking the rules by not paying or exceeding the ticket duration.
Users also benefit from real-time information about the availability of spaces, and they can drive to even busy areas knowing they are going to find a free space and will not need to drive round and round looking for one.
Because the spaces are monitored remotely, there is no need for attendants to waste time checking all the parked vehicles. Users who park and don’t pay are detected immediately, as are those who do not vacate the parking space in time.
How does it work?
The user parks in a numbered controlled parking space, guided by the information in the app. The U-Spot sensor detects the vehicle.
The user pays with one of the available methods (app, parking meter, etc.) selecting the space occupied. U-Admin is integrated with payment methods to send alerts.
If the user does not pay, or stays too long, the attendant is alerted automatically.
The attendant manages the alert, notifying the driver of parking fines or discarding the alert if no fine is applicable. The action taken is recorded, giving flexibility to the system.
The U-Admin manager can configure, supervise and check all the system information: spaces, parking rules, user accounts and attendants.
This solution reduces the cost of controlling parking spaces, because with real-time alerts, attendants need not follow set routes and can focus on problem areas with more infringements.
There are also more available parking spaces because automatic control makes users more likely to comply with the rules, which speeds up rotation. Drivers also like the system, because they can be confident that they will find a free parking space, even in busy areas.
There are benefits for the city, too, with fewer cars crawling around the streets searching for parking spaces, vehicle pollution is less of a problem.
Success case in Viseu, Portugal
The system has been installed in Viseu, Portugal, where citizens were bothered by vehicles causing high levels of pollution.
The system’s sensors now provide drivers with real-time information, showing them free parking spaces at all times. They can check the information on the SABA app or information panels, making it simple to decide whether to park.
It also makes the parking attendants’ job much easier because the system displays real-time information about drivers who have not paid or have exceeded the ticket time.
Controlling vehicle rotation in the city centres is crucial to encouraging maximum traffic to local shops and businesses. One option to achieve this goal is free limited-time parking. Regulated parking on public roads aims to improve urban mobility and to share parking spaces among as many residents and visitors to the area as possible.
This parking method is ideal for small towns where pay-by-space zoning is too expensive since the income from these parking spaces would not cover the initial investment. In these towns, the answer is to encourage vehicle rotation, attracting more citizens and visitors to the city centre where the shops and businesses are found.
The maximum time allowed in these areas depends on the local authority and the time bands where the zone is operational. Drivers appreciate not having to pay when they visit the town centre, and they can do their business with peace of mind. What’s more, they speed up vehicle rotation, generating trade and wealth in the area.
Faster rotation is beneficial to shopping areas. It encourages consumers to visit and drivers are more likely to visit the town centre because they know they will find free parking spaces. This automatically reduces traffic congestion and illegally parked cars, both sources of stress and chaos.
It is easy to pass a regulation, but how do you make sure that everyone complies with it and does not exceed the maximum time limit?
How do free limited-time regulated parking areas work?
When you park in one of these spaces, you declare your arrival time so that parking attendants can keep control. This can be done using a ticket placed inside the car for attendants to read. If you don’t have a time clock, you can write it on a piece of paper and leave it somewhere prominent inside the vehicle.
Urbiotica’s solution for free limited-time parking control
Urbiotica’s solution sends a remote alert whenever a vehicle exceeds the maximum authorised time. It individually detects the arrival time, so attendants only need to act in case of a violation. This releases them from the heavy burden of constant rounds to check vehicles.
How does it work?
The user parks in a free limited-time space guided by the mobile application, and the U-Spot sensor detects their arrival.
The app records that they have parked and in where.
When a user does not report that they have parked or exceeds the maximum time limit, an alert is sent to the attendant.
This alert is saved until the user is it leaves or until it is managed by the authorities.
The manager can view and configure all system information using the U-Admin platform.
This solution monitors parking areas and is advantageous for both users and traders.
Drivers can locate free spaces more easily because of the increased vehicle rotation. Speeding up rotation encourages the influx of people, which has a positive impact on local businesses. If shoppers know there will be free places, they are more likely to visit the centre.
What is more, surveillance costs are reduced by avoiding constant patrols for parking attendants. Controllers only need to take action when an alert is generated. If there are no alerts, it means that there have been no violations. Surveillance can also be focused on the most difficult areas, monitoring offenders in real time.
Better parking space availability reduces time spent driving around searching for spaces, which benefits the town, giving it a more attractive, modern image, with less traffic and less congestion. This has a positive impact on citizen quality of life with cleaner air to breathe because of lower emissions from cars searching for spaces. They also benefit from a free and efficient service and real-time information about the availability of parking areas, enabling them to plan their routes before they set off.
There are fewer illegally parked vehicles in no-parking areas, on pavements and pedestrian crossings because it is easier to find a free space. It avoids cars occupying valuable spaces for long periods.
Testimonials from cities that have implemented the system
For several years, this type of regulated parking has been operating in the small 32 km2 French town Vic-en-Bigorre with a population of close to 5,500 inhabitants. The town had problems with parking in the city centre because the few parking spaces were monopolised by vehicles parked for long periods of time which often did not move for days.
The project has been a success because vehicle rotation in squares has increased by 33%. Local traders are delighted with the large increase in the influx of customers, stimulating activity in the city centre.
“I am delighted because clients can park very easily. It didn’t use to be this way,” says Régine Grangé, local trader: “the squares used to be full all the time, but now it is much easier”.
Clément Menet, the town’s mayor, says that the lack of parking was a serious problem in the city and you could not park in the centre of Vic. Urbiotica’s solution has been crucial to boosting the city centre. According to Clément:
“Central shops are no longer at a disadvantage now regarding shopping centres.”.
The municipality of Santiago de Compostela, which has more than 96.000 inhabitants, becomes a Smart City thanks to Urbiotica’s implementation of 82 U-Spot M2M sensors.
Due to the large number of tourists throughout the year and the lack of parking places in the downtown area, the citizens of Santiago de Compostela had a very difficult time parking when driving to the city center. The city Council commissioned the project with the aim of speeding up the parking of vehicles to reduce the unnecessary traffic caused by drivers in search of free spaces, as well as the associated pollution
The problem has been solved thanks to the installation of 82 M2M single space detection sensors deployed in 4 outdoor parking areas, that detect the occupancy of the parking spaces to transmit the availability in real time to users through the ParkTime APP. Now drivers are guided directly to the free spaces.
The M2M sensors chosen for this project greatly simplify the installation, and send the collected data directly through the mobile network to the platform. The data is sent to the client and integrated there into their system through the Urbiotica API. The Client’s system concentrates this data together with the other information gathered from the indoor parking lots. This allows them to transmit the global information of the availability of all the parking areas to the users, through their dynamic message signs installed on the street to guide users to the areas with free spots.
How does the system works?
Urbiotica’s solution equips each parking space with a sensor in order to detect if it’s occupied or not, and transmit this information to users through de APP or dynamic message signs so that they can decide which zone is better to head to. The M2M sensor, is a wireless and autonomous sensor that uses magnetic technology to detect in real time the occupancy of a parking space, as well as the duration of parking.
The user drives to a free parking space guided by the information displayed on the APP or street displays, and parks the vehicle. The U-Spot M2M sensor detects this arrival and sends the information to the platform.
The platform collects the data and sends the updated information to the panels with the new availability, which in this case will indicate one available space less.
When the vehicle is removed, U-Spot M2M no longer detects its presence. It sends information again so that the system transmits that the space is unoccupied again.
At U-Admin platform, the manager can manage the published information, as well as set-up, monitor, and consult all the system information.
The benefits offered to the city and citizens are several:
For the city:
The use of parking spaces is optimized thanks to the speed up of parking.
It avoids unnecessary circulation in search of a free space and therefore the traffic and chaos generated by it.
Encourages the use of public transport and other mobility options.
Stimulates trade at the city center thanks to the improved user experience. Making it easy favors the willingness of citizens to move around, and increases the affluence to stores in the area.
The solution reduces traffic and pollution, therefore increases citizen satisfaction and well-being.
It drastically reduces the time spent for parking. Drivers are guided directly to free spaces, which means they save time and discomfort.
Drivers can plan their time and route better based on the availability information provided in the APP and message signs on-street that let them know the occupancy status of each zone.
They live and move around in a city with less pollution.
Three years after transforming the first pay by space zone into a free time-limited parking area, the Castellbisbal City Council has decided to expand the 24 monitored spaces to a total of 67 in a second phase of the Catalan city’s Smart City project.
In 2018 the locality made a first test by converting some pay-by-space parking spots into a free parking zone for a limited time, with the aim of increasing vehicle rotations in these areas of the city center and, thus increase the availability and satisfaction of citizens.
The control and guidance solution for the Castellbisbal time-limited parking lot has a total of 67 spaces now monitored with U-Spot magnetic sensors..The system allows users to be guided to free spaces while ensuring efficient control of parking time compliance. Users have one hour to park for free in the new orange parking zone. The control is guaranteed thanks to the App for the Local Police, with which they will no longer have to carry out the usual and inefficient vehicle-to-vehicle inspection rounds to ensure compliance with the regulations. Now this management is replaced by a system of automatic alerts when an infraction is detected. This will only require intervention in those cases in which they are notified of a user who has exceeded the allowed parking time.
The aim of this improvement is to reduce the number of vehicles driving in search of a free space and to allow citizens to move more easily to the city center. At the same time, it avoids having cars parked for long periods of time and resolves a situation of shortage of parking spaces and high demand for them.
Benefits of the solution implemented in Castellbisbal
The costs of parking area control are optimized, since it will only be necessary to intercede in cases in which an overtime violation is detected and alerted. In this way, it is possible to optimize resources and prioritize the surveillance of the most conflictive areas.
More available parking spaces thanks to the higher vehicle rotationBetter user experience. The willingness of citizens to go to the center increases, as they can check available parking spaces and be guided directly to them. They know that they have one hour to do their business and can check the remaining time.
By reducing the time spent looking for parking spaces, there is a positive impact on traffic, pollution and the attractiveness of the city.
Businesses in the area are greatly benefited, as they are assured of a greater influx of clients
The municipality of Viseu, located in Portugal and with almost 100,000 habitants, will become a smart city thanks to the implementation of a sensor system that will ease the vehicle guidance, as well as the control of the parking spaces.
Urbiotica has been selected by Saba and Egis Group as the best technological option to provide a reliable and efficient solution to the project. Saba is a reference industrial operator in the development of solutions in the field of urban mobility, present in Europe and Latin America, and specialized in parking management. On the other side, Egis is an international group that operates in sectors of mobility services and construction engineering. Both companies collaborate through the company Semovepark Viseu to manage the regulated parking service of the municipality.
The project will include the deployment of a total of 868 Fastprk duo sensors in the payment areas of the on-street public road. Fastprk’s smart parking system uses the LoRa communication protocol and combines magnetic detection with infrared, providing a very reliable and high precision solution over time with this double detection. The sensor immediately detects any change in the occupation of a parking space with an accuracy of 98%.
Thanks to this technology the occupation data will be transmitted to the users indicating them where to find free spaces, allowing to reduce drastically the time invested in finding parking. On the other hand, the system will allow to detect in real time the fraud due to lack of payment or if the time paid by the user has been exceeded. Likewise, the management and control of these spaces will be much more efficient.
This solution allows the municipality to optimize its control operations and therefore increase the rotation of vehicles in the area, so that a greater number of people can enjoy the use of the places. It is a clear advantage for vehicles looking for parking, as well as for the rest of the drivers who circulate with less congestion and the citizens who enjoy a more relaxed and sustainable environment.
Urbiotica has developed a complete solution to control the use of the reserved parking spaces for loading and unloading users, persons with reduced mobility, and electric vehicles.
The misuse of parking spaces reserved for specific uses has an important and negative impact on urban mobilityand is a pain in the neck for most public administrations.
A clear example is the fraudulent use of parking spots reserved for people with reduced mobility. The abusive use of these places causes significant disruption to the lives of this vulnerable group, which needs these special places located near the access points in order to carry out their daily activities.Another common situation in cities is parking violations in loading and unloading areas, makingdeliveryvehicles double park with the consequent chaos and discomfort in the area. It is also frequent to find users who are badly parked in the spaces reserved for the electric charging of vehicles, preventing the proper development of urban sustainable mobility plans.
In order to guarantee a fluid and sustainable mobility in the cities, as well as the well-being of the inhabitants, it is essential to ensure that the regulations for the use of these reserved parking areas are respected. The challenge for city managers and parking operators lies in the ability to improve and optimize the service, applying technology to the process.
With this new solution, Urbiotica offers municipalities and companies the opportunity to manage regulated spacesefficiently, achieving a much more effective control andgreater productivity of the area.
Loading and Unloading PRM Limited Free Time Electric Vehicles
The solution is composed of:
U-Spot is a sensor installed in the parking space that uses magnetic technology to detect in real-time the entry and exit of vehicles in the parking spaces as well as the duration of the session. The M2M version of the sensor also stands out because it does not need a gateway to transmit the data, making it the ideal solution for scattered parking spaces applications. By using the new NB-IoT protocol, the costs of deploying these types of projects are drastically reduced, providing an efficient solution to scenarios in which a suitable technological system could not be guaranteed until now.
The ParkTime APP is designed for citizens authorized to use the reserved spaces. It informs these users (people with reduced mobility, carriers, …), about where to find available reserved places, and allows them to declare their arrivals and departures. The APP digitalizes the parking permits and complies with the user identification requirements for a correct application. It has been designed with geofence and push notification functionalities that offer a useful and very simple experience to users.
TheParkCTRL APP matches the user information with theoccupancystatus of the parking spot and time spent by the vehicle. Through the APP the guards can consult the information and be alerted in case of fraud, exponentially optimizing the control routes.
The U-Admin platform, including the alert engine and an API, allows the management and supervision of the solution, as well as the authorization of the ParkTimeAPP users. The solution is 100% flexible and can be easily integrated with third-party APPs.
How does it works?
The identification and control of the users parked in each parking space drastically reduces the infractions and increases vehicle rotations in the spaces, which impacts favorably on the parking availability. This greater availability is transmitted to users through the ParkTime App, increasing the possibilities and speed of finding a free parking space. In addition, the real-time display of alerts makes it possible to optimize the control operations and the resources allocated to this management and to prioritize the areas with the most infringements.
4 Spanish cities have already decided to put their trust in Urbiotica to control a total of 2.000 reserved parking spaces, plus international experiences are expected soon.
Keep posted to learn more about these exciting projects!
Telefónica is one of the operators providing NB-IOT connectivity in Spain, but also one of the first integrators to deploy a project using Urbiotica’s new U-Spot M2M sensor. Javier Paniagua, Smart City Manager at Telefónica, shared his vision related to the impact of this new technology on the urban solutions, and how this opens up a world of opportunities for the Smart Cities.
– Javier Paniagua – Smart Cities Manager
Javier, what does the NB-IOT protocol deliver to the Smart City sector?
The major cases of IOT use in the urban environment have already been identified: waste collection optimization, public lighting, water meter monitoring, and definitely smart parking. Many projects have already been deployed through various types of radio networks. Our experience until now tells us that this connectivity is really complex and also involves many additional costs: design, deployment and especially maintenance. Any radio network needs at the very least 24/7 monitoring and maintenance. On the other hand, these kinds of projects must be designed with a long-term perspective. Connectivity costs must be correctly characterized and controlled in order not to assume technological risks that imply some hidden surprises.
What the NB-IOT really provides is a standardization of this connectivity layer with a very low consumption solution, incorporating a homogeneous coverage maintained by the operator, providing a plug & play response to the market needs: less hardware, easy deployment and no maintenance. Connectivity management is totally integrated into the monitoring and maintenance processes of the mobile networks ensured by Telefónica. Therefore, it is not necessary to have a parallel contract to carry out the management of a dedicated network.
Technological evolution is one of the operator’s pillars. We ensure that there is a medium- and long-term vision of the technologies to be deployed. We can finally focus on the use and real benefits that these solutions offer to the public administrations.
Urbiotica launched the new U-Spot M2M parking sensor with NB-IOT connectivity during the past Smart City Expo edition. Telefónica is our first customers for this new sensor that todayhasprojects underway to deployed in more than 2000 parking spaces. What can you tell us about it?
As far as we have seen until now, it maintains the performance offered by the traditional solution in terms of reliability and robustness. Which is great. It is evident that projects for scattered areas spaces cannot be carried out with a dedicated radio network, due to the average cost per space. But I’m thinking beyond these use cases. I’m sure the M2M version of the U-Spot will also be used in cases of higher density spaces such as urban centers, because of the simplicity it brings.
Telefónica has been working with Urbiotica for some time now. What would you highlight after these years of collaboration?
We’ve been working together for about four years. The relationship has always flown really natural. You are one of the longest running companies in the IOT world. We did some first project together about 3 or 4 years ago, and since then we keep on working and the relationship is very good.
Urbiotica is a small company, although it is growing. This gives you a flexibility that not all companies have. This is really important when working for the Public Administration, because each project is different from the other. Working with Urbiotica we can face each project with an ad hoc and concrete strategy. Your knowledge, together with ours, allows us to deal each project independently.
You have plenty of experience in the IOT market applied to Smart Cities. All this experience is reflected in a high quality and very mature product. Both in functionality and price. It allows us to create differential proposals.
Why Urbiotica? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?
In addition to sensor systems, we have worked with several communication technologies such as LORA (not so much), SIGFOX, WIFI network… and also with other types of detection technologies. When we talk about video, there are many limitations in terms of maintenance. I don’t feel comfortable working with cameras. The video is not mature and the maintenance costs don’t make sense. They’re not ready yet.
There were also other solutions similar to yours. But Urbiotica has a very well prepared and tested solution.
The collaboration is very close right now. Talking about NB-IOT connectivity, you’re the only company with which we are working hand to hand, to put our network at your disposal so you can invest in products for the market. We could have done it with other competitors, but they have not had that desire to innovate in the product. Besides, they are always a few steps behind you.
Your market knowledge is reflected in the product and this makes you have a very competitive solution.
Would you like to comment on the relationship and the attention received byUrbiotica?
Sure. Many departments at Telefónica are involved with Urbiotica : sales, pre-sales, product, operations, business development, etc. The whole chain works with you. We all agree that the flexibility and the ease of working together is extraordinary and really uncommon when working with providers.
In terms of product development there are things I have never seen before. Not all companies do this, and neither do we perform like this with other suppliers. We really appreciate it.
The City of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, suburb of Barcelona, has selected Urbiotica as a provider for the traffic monitoring system deployed at the Carrer del Pla area in the framework of its macro Smart City project called “Urban Lab Sant Feliu”.
The Urban Lab Sant Feliu project aims to ease the validation and prototyping of new urban services, either directed to the citizens or to the services’ managers. With up to 10.000 vehicles a day, Carrer del Pla is one of the most transited areas of the city and offers an ideal context for the deployment of the system.
Urbiotica’ urban traffic monitoring system gives the following information lane per lane and globally:
Classification of vehicles per speed and size
Average size per vehicle category
Average time between vehicles
This information is typically used by the city to determine if the urban mobility plan should be adjusted with actions such as widening lanes, deviations or other alternatives.
Urbiotica’ U-Admin platform is integrated with the Sentilo open platforms of both Sant Feliu city and Barcelona province, to allow both public and private consultation.
What is Urban Lab?
The Urban Lab Sant Feliu project consists of test spaces and testing dynamics that aim to facilitate the prototyping and validation of Smart City ideas, projects and urban innovations, whether aimed to citizens or service managers. This open city innovation application also seeks to generate public-private alliances and collaborations.
“Cities made of dreams” is the slogan of the 2019 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress, held in Barcelona. The most urgent issues to be faced during this edition are digital transformation, urban environment, mobility, governance and finance as well as inclusive and shared cities. Urbiotica has supported the event since its first edition, with the aim at contributing to the incessant struggle to improve how cities are managed and turn them into more efficient, smart and sustainable places to live.
We will have a greater presence at the Fair this year to be able to present all the developments of our parking, traffic, and noise monitoring solutions. We will take advantage of the SCEWC to explain in detail two strategic launches designed to improve the mobility of cities, and which will also have a very special promotion these days::
New U-Spot M2M release. The new parking sensor communicates directly with the platform without the need of a Gateway, greatly simplifying the deployment of the projects. The system completes Urbiotica’s range of parking solutions for the control of regulated parking and urban guidance.
The new sensor works with the same reliability as U-Spot 2.0 and has up to a 10-year lifetime. The product is already impacting the market with over 2000 sensors planned to be installed next semester in 3 Smart City projects in Spain.
Launch of the Traffic solution for urban and interurban monitoring. The system is based on the U-Flow traffic sensor, Urbiotica’s magnetic and wireless counting sensor, which allows cities and road infrastructure managers to achieve sustainable mobility through the analysis of continuous and reliable real-time data, such as:
o Vehicle volume and traffic density
o Classification by speed and size
o The time between vehicles and road occupancy.
Among other benefits, this solution stands out for its low installation and maintenance cost, total respect for the privacy of drivers and its ability to integrate with third-party systems, either from Urbiotica’s cloud or directly from the gateway
We hope to show you these and many other developments if you visit us at Hall 2 – Booth A150. Come around or set up a meeting in advance at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergio Castellar from Pavapark gave us an interview in which he talked about his experience working with Urbiotica.
Pavapark is a Valencian Company specialized in urban mobility, part of the PAVASAL Group, which has been active for 75 years. Pavapark is a leader in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions and in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market.
Sergio, can you explain how you got to know Urbiotica?
It all began with a project we had in Calpe (Alicante). We wanted to implement technology to get occupancy information and test the single space sensing systems. In order to do so, we carried out a market research. We finally selected Urbiotica because it had the most mature solution and because it was the one that best suited the problems we had in Calpe. In this way, we sensed 34 regulated parking spaces located in Alemania Street and installed a Variable Message Sign to identify the available spaces.
Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?
We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project. We see that other types of systems are not mature enough yet.
Tell us about the last project you carried out in cooperation with Urbiotica in Alzira (Valencia). You installed a sum of 70 U-Spot sensors in 2 phases to collect information about the occupation and be able to transmit it through VMS.
Indeed, we installed 70 sensors on Santos Patronos Street, a commercial and central street in which there is a lot of vehicle rotation. The City Council needed to have information about the use made of the spaces. The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours. We have placed 2 VMS that give real time information concerning the number of free spaces allowing drivers to decide to look for another option to park their vehicles if there are few spaces available.
Moviltik is an App using the data collected by the system. How did the integration work?
It’s a regulated parking area. We use this application for parking payment management. With the new system integrated in the application, now through Moviltik app we also inform users of the number of available spaces. We access via API and collect the data from the system to notify the user through this App.
As for the installation, we connected the concentrators to the electrical network of the municipality street lamps. The deployment of the sensors was very simple. Everything is working very well.
Are you satisfied with Urbiotica’s parking solutions?
We are very satisfied with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had an urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.
Regarding the relationship, attention and follow-up of the project. How did you feel working with Urbiotica?
We’re delighted. Both technically and commercially. The response on your side has always been immediate. You have always attended us, and we have been able to resolve any incident quickly.
Can you tell us about the improvements or benefits of this system for the citizen as well as for the parking manager?
Facilitating parking in this downtown area leads to a decrease in congestion. In the same way, this reduces the stress of the citizen when looking for parking, making this procedure easy and fast. In addition, the commerce and services are revitalized because the citizens move more to the city center than before.
The overall system also has a clear benefit for the parking manager as he can see that there is more rotation and that vehicles are no longer left parked indefinitely. The team is provided with the necessary information to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data and thus ensure that there is a more rigorous vigilance of the area and that it is more efficient.
And what can you tell us about the final client, the Alzira City Council? Are they satisfied with the solution implemented?
Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and they are satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.
Alzira is a town in full growth and continuous change. The city council decided to launch a project to improve parking management which contemplates the deployment of Urbiotica’s solution to achieve efficient, smart and safe mobility.
Pavapark is the company that leads the project and selected Urbiotica’s technology as the best one to approach Alzira’s circumstances. Pavapark is a leading company in urban mobility management, Smart City solutions, as well as in the integration of people with difficult access to the labor market. The company, based in Valencia, is committed to innovative mobility solutions that adapt to people’s needs.
This deployment aims to ease mobility in the city center by improving the parking management in order to increase user satisfaction, boost the local commerce and at the same time reduce the pollution generated by an excess of vehicles driving in search of a parking space.
“We analyzed other options such as solutions using loops or cameras. Pavapark always looks for the best technology according to the client needs and in this sense, single space sensor detection was the solution that best adapted to the installation. We looked over other projects implemented by Urbiotica in some municipalities, which conveyed us confidence, and so we chose to work with Urbiotica. The other systems didn’t fit in the conditions and needs required for this project.”
– Sergio Castellar – Systems Manager of Pavapark
The smart parking solution was installed in a central commercial street, Avenida Santos Patronos, where there is a regulated parking area. Urbiotica provided a total of 70 U-Spot sensors. This system captures the data and transmits in real time the availability of free spaces to users through U-Display variable message signs located at each end of the avenue.
According to Sergio Castellar: “The system is located in a regulated parking area and therefore helps us to know the rotations and productivity of those spaces. It allows us to know how long a vehicle has been parked and when it exceeds the time limit, which in this case is 2 hours.”
Urbiotica’s system will be integrated into Pavapark’s Moviltik App, which is used to manage the parking payment. The system is accessed via API in order to incorporate the collected data and transmit information concerning the parking availability in the area through the app.
The Urbiotica solution implemented in Alzira is a win-win-win. Improved mobility clearly benefits citizens, who can park faster, easier and without stress. They are more likely to move to the city center if they can use and park their vehicle easily. Local commerce is revitalized. The parking operator, by improving the vehicle rotation, optimizes the exploitation of the regulated zone and obtains information in real time that allows him to make predictions and design actions and mobility policies based on real data. On the other hand, the City Council is satisfied with the improvements in the city, which is now more modern, technological and healthy for everyone. A Smart City that satisfies everyone.
“We are really happy with the solution. On one side, we would like to point out that the delivery and supply of all the material is very fast because it is a proved and tested solution that works well. On the other side, the installation is not complex and the civil work that needs to be done is relatively simple. And above all, it is very important for us that when we have had urgency in times of implementation, Urbiotica has responded according to our needs and the technical support is immediate. The availability of Urbiotica technicians is total.”
“Alzira City Council was delighted with the implementation period we carried out and is satisfied with the service because they see that it is having a return and that citizens see it as an advantage.”
Rek Parking, Bento’s regulated parking operator, relies once again on Urbiotica’s smart parking solutions to enhance the service offered to the city. The project, currently in an initial pilot phase, will require more than 700 U-Spot parking sensors to be implemented in the city center to improve mobility while optimizing the management of the regulated parking area.
Bento’s mobility project began in early May on Rua Barão do Rio Branco and will be extended to other parking areas to provide citizens with real-time information about free spaces, retrievable for the users through the new Rek Parking application Rek Pay. Available for both Android and iOS, the APP will also allow payment for parking. This will make it much easier for the citizens to park in the central parking area, thus reduce search time, traffic and consequently the pollution generated by vehicle congestion.
On the other hand, the system will allow an optimization of the management of the regulated parking area. Thanks to this solution the regulated zone staff will be informed when a parked vehicle has exceeded the time limit, which in this case is a maximum of 2 hours. It will avoid cars parked indefinitely, favoring the rotation of vehicles, as well as efficiency in the use, management and results of the regulated area.
This project, the fourth deployed with Urbiotica technology in Brazil, adds Bento to the cities implementing an urban mobility improvement plan, which is currently one of the main concerns and focuses of action in the country. This Smart City project also means clear progress and modernization for the city.
Urbiotica had the pleasure to interview the CEO of Dinycon Sistemas. He gave us all the details about his experience deploying our parking solutions for their projects.
Dinycon is an engineering company with extensive experience integrating mobility solutions for people and vehicles.
Roberto, how did you get to know Urbiotica?
We came to Urbiotica because the market was demanding technological solutions and logically we valued the existing solutions and those that best suited that demand. In this path of research, we began to have the first conversations, then some first projects, and from there on we began to work with you. To date, there are already 3 or 4 projects of a certain magnitude deployed with your technology.
Have you had experience with other similar systems? Why did you choose to work with Urbiotica’s technology instead of others?
We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions, by means of conduits and with the same aim, but we had some problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution. It is much easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has proved to be reliable and work very well.
Tell us about the latest project recently deployed in Aranda de Duero. You installed 272 U-Spot sensors to capture occupation information and transmit it through digital panels to drivers, thus improving mobility and user satisfaction. Could you give us feedback on the Urbiotica system installed there?
The system deployed has been the largest we’ve done so far. A major logistical planning had to be done with EYSA, the operator of the regulated area. In this case, all this has been deployed in the city center due to the level of saturation in the parking zone. During the entire deployment of the communications infrastructure, we were supported by one of your technicians to define the details of it. Your engineers were also with us for the plans and then we nuanced and precised all the location of these points.
The system has been working well and the panels are giving the corresponding information. I could also say that we have spoken with the regulated area parking operator and we have been told that they have already started to see positive results because they have detected that areas that were previously empty are now getting more rotation.
How Was Your Experience of Urbiotica’s Technical Support Throughout the Process?
The technical support you have given us in this and all previous installations has been excellent. They have always been willing to help us. It’s very nice to have remote support to lend a hand when you’re in the field with a problem. In moments when problems arose, they helped us to solve them in an agile way. We are very satisfied.
Tell us about the final client, EYSA and the City Council of Aranda. Are they satisfied with the solution deployed? What are the improvements or benefits of this system for them and the citizens?
The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering Smart City in its area.
For EYSA the deployment of the system is also positive. The parking operator confirms that they have seen improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project, they see an increase in the use of the regulated area and therefore notice an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the operation.
Right now, citizens are in the adaptation phase. They are becoming familiar with the tools that are provided to find parking more quickly. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.
Finally, could you give us your general valuation of the relationship and the attention you received from Urbiotica?
It’s fine in every way. We don’t have any complaints, on the contrary, we like it and we are happy to be able to collaborate with companies like Urbiotica. I insist that it is important to have all the support. Especially in the moments of deployment when you are in the field working on the installation.
The city council of Aranda del Duero joins the Spanish cities that install parking sensors in their desire to become smart cities. The local council seeks to improve mobility with this innovative technology, based on reducing by 30% the traffic that is estimated to circulate in the center of the city in search of parking spaces.
This ambitious Smart Cities project was included in the renovation of the regulated on-street parking management (allocated to the operator EYSA), with a clear objective of reducing pollution and driver discomfort, as well as to boost local commerce through improved mobility in the center. The concessionaire commissioned the integration of the project to Dinycon, an engineering company specialized in mobility solutions, who in turn chose Urbiotica’s technology as the basis of the data collection that today feeds the entire system implemented.
“We have tested other systems based on image analysis technologies, but they were not as mature as Urbiotica’s solution. We have also examined wired solutions with the same objective and we had problems with the civil works, the maintenance and the precision of the system. This is why we finally chose Urbiotica’s solution, which is easier to deploy thanks to its autonomous sensors, which have a useful life of many years. We have already worked with the Urbiotica system for several projects and it has been proving to us that it is reliable and works very well
– Roberto Garía, CEO of Dinycon Sistemas
Dinycon commissioned Urbiotica with the 272 U-Spot sensors needed to install in the parking spaces of the regulated parking area with the mission of sending data in real time to the system of variable message signs and applications for users and managers, provided by the integrator. The data captured by the sensors is transformed into useful information to transmit the availability of free spaces in strategic points of the city, so that the driver can go directly to the area with parking possibilities.
According to Roberto Garcia: “The system works well. The panels transmit information accurately and you can see an improvement in traffic in the center and a better efficiency in the use of parking spaces.
This new system has clear benefits for the citizen. The streamlining of parking translates into a better experience for users being able to move quicker and more comfortably to the area, involving less stress and lower fuel consumption. In addition, it means an improvement for their health, both in terms of the reduction in the pollution generated by vehicle emissions as in the noise caused by excessive traffic.
On the other hand, managers are able to have real-time data on mobility in the area that allows them to plan and define improvement plans. It optimises the use of parking spaces and has greater control over the regulated zone. The citizens are satisfied with the improvements implemented, as well as the local commerce that sees the results in an increase in the affluence.
“The city council is delighted with the system and satisfied because it represents a technological deployment that positions Aranda as a pioneering smart city in the region.
For Eysa the deployment of the system is also positive. The concessionaire of the regulated parking area confirms that they have noticed improvements and the parking areas are being used much more. With this project they see an increase in the use of the parking area and therefore they see an improvement in the results and an economic benefit of the exploitation.
The citizen is now becoming familiar with the changes and in an adaptation phase. In towns like Aranda, citizens have their customs and have to adapt little by little to the changes as they see the benefit of using it.”
Lugo is committed to becoming a Smart City in a macro project promoted by the Galician town council that aims to transform the town by setting different objectives, such as improving the quality of life of the inhabitants and the efficiency of public services and promote the participation and transparency for citizens through new channels of information collection and dissemination.
Lugo Smart has the backing of RED.es, which finances 60% of the 4.1M euros that this project represents. A joint venture has been created as a technological partner of Lugo City Council, in which Minsait (Indra), R Cable and Altia participate in an alliance.
Smart management of outdoor parking spaces and waste collection are some of the vertical services that will be developed. Through the integrator Colabora, 200 Urbiotica U-Spot sensors will be installed in the outdoor parking spaces of the Rúa Doutor García Portela area, as well as in the public parking of the Lugo City Council offices.
This solution will detect the presence or not of vehicles in each of the spots. This information will be used to transmit to citizens in real time the parking space availability in these areas through 2 information panels that will have solar power. The project also contemplates the development of an app for citizens through which users will also be able to consult the status in real time. This solution will reduce the time spent by vehicles searching for a place to park and, consequently, congestion and polluting emissions.
Lugo joins the pack of smart cities that have opted for the reliability of the Urbiotica system for outdoor parkings to improve the mobility and well-being of their inhabitants. Badajoz, Palamós, Alzira, Calvià, Aranda del Duero or Guadalajara, among many other Spanish cities, have done the same before.
Urbiotica’s Outdoor Parking sensing system keeps its first place with regards to the outdoor Smart Parking technologies used in Germany, thanks to the new projects deployed there during 2018 by means of our partner and distributor in the area, MSR-Traffic. A dozen of new projects for both public (cities) and private customers (companies and supermarkets) were installed in 2018, summing up a total of 10.000 outdoor spaces monitored in the region (Germany, Austria, and Switzerland) since 2013.
Among them, cities like Erfurt, Dingolfing, and Pfaffenhofen have made a step forward to their Smart City goals through the acquisition of outdoor guidance systems based on U-Spot single space detections and U-Flow counting solutions. Today they deliver real-time parking information to drivers, which facilitate the search for free parking spots and thus improve the mobility experience and citizen satisfaction.
Urbiotica’ solutions for outdoor vehicle detection are the ideal complement to MSR-Traffic core products, which include indoor detection sensors, guidance VMS and parking management software. The strengths of the integrated solution offered, covering all parking guidance needs, haven’t been overcome yet.
Another good example of both technical and functional complementarity of the partnership is the project of Bad Zurzach, the famous Swiss thermal station where citizens, visitors, and public authorities were very unsatisfied because of the lack of parking information which was resulting in traffic congestions, loss of time, stress and forbidden parking in the area. The system implemented by MSR-Traffic composed of single space detection sensors and Variable Message Signs has greatly helped to improve the situation and now is giving full relief and well-being to the thermal site owner.
Photo credit: Aargauer Zeitung
Harald Schmitt, CEO of MSR-Traffic, looks back over the 5 years of the partnership: “MSR-Traffic and Urbiotica have been pioneers of their kind and have been growing together through the deployment of many projects over the last years, to reach an excellent level of offering today. The combination of single space and counting systems gives us many possibilities for outdoor parking spaces, and the flexibility offered by both hardware network and software architecture combined to our own products allows us to offer quality and competitive seamless solutions to our customers.”
2019 is already shaping up to be excellent for the partnership thanks to the confirmation of several new customers, as well as extensions of existing projects. Keep posted!
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